“These are your personals, if you'd like to look at them. Dr. Shak thinks you're ready to finish coming back to life...”—A Republic medic, to Laera Reyolé
Star Wars: Death and Life is a three-part short story by Sean "Goodwood" Nash that takes place during and after the Mandalorian Wars. It follows the point of view of a Republic Marine who is killed in action and brought back to life through the use of non-clone technology.
Since its release on May 19, 2010, it was the kickoff for Nash's Tales from the Corps Series and spawned three sequels: A Marine Went to Jedi Camp, Star Wars: Saber Battalion, and The Last Full Measure.
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Behind the scenesEdit
Star Wars: Death and Life' by Sean "Goodwood" Nash was begun on May 18, 2010, with the first draft finished the next night. It ties loosely into Nash's earlier work-in-progress, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: Vima's Saga, and served as the kickoff for his Tales from the Corps Series. It received an overall positive review from Star Wars Fanon Wiki's administrator and author Brandon Rhea.
The story, as well as its protagonist, were inspired by the circumstances and character of Commander Shepard, particularly in the beginning of Mass Effect 2. In writing Death and Life, Nash hoped to capture in more detail the physical, psychological and philosophical aspects of what it means to die and be brought back through the use of technology. In addition, he hoped to tackle issues surrounding the experience of combat, and how it changes one's outlook on life.
Death and Life received critical praise upon its release, with Star Wars Fanon Wiki administrators and authors Brandon Rhea and Solus, as well as user and author Atarumaster88. Rhea and Ataru both praised the work's description and characterization, noting the richness of vocabulary and technical skill. Rhea in particular encouraged the nomination of the story as a Featured Work. Solus, meanwhile, though she shared many of Ataru's positive opinions, expressed doubts as to whether or not this was a complete story. However she did note that she was intrigued by the potential of its sequels, A Marine Went to Jedi Camp and Saber Battalion.
Following through on Rhea's advice, the short story was nominated by Nash for highlighting as a Featured Work on June 2, 2010, achieving that honor on June 29 of that year. Fellow Archivists Ataru and Solus were particularly helpful in enabling Nash to secure the short story's passage, as well as several other users. At this point, Death and Life is largely considered to be "a done deal" by the author.
Death and Life took top honors in the Summer 2010 Short Story Contest, receiving first-place awards in the "Best Short Story" and "Best Pre-Movie Era Story" categories.